Up-and-coming rapper Juice WRLD died on Sunday, December 8 in Chicago. He was 21-years-old. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois confirmed his death in a statement to The New York Times. While the Chicago police have confirmed that the rapper, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, died after suffering a “medical emergency” early Sunday morning at Midway Airport in Chicago. The coroner has yet to confirm the official cause of death. An autopsy will be performed, according to the office.
The artist's label, Interscope Geffen A&M records, released the following statement.
"Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. To lose someone so kind and so close to our hearts is devastating. Our thoughts are with Juice’s family and friends, everyone at his label Grade A, and his millions of fans around the world. "
Known for his emo-influenced rap, Juice WRLD’s music frequently dealt with mental health and morality. In 2018, Juice WRLD released a joint mixtape with Future before dropping his debut solo record Goodbye & Good Riddance later that same year. He put out his sophomore record, Death Race For Love, earlier this year. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, marking his first No. 1 album.
In his short career, Juice WRLD dropped two albums, two mixtapes and 13 singles. He worked with artists like Halsey, Kodak Black, Travis Scott, and Young Thug. He also opened for Nicki Minaj on her 2019 tour. Juice WRLD was slated to drop a new mixtape, Evil Twins with Ski Mask the Slump God before the end of this year.